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Accident involving RCMP cruiser prompts warning to drivers

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A collision involving a cruiser is prompting RCMP to remind motorists of the proper practices to follow when passing emergency vehicles.

Police were at the scene of a single vehicle accident recently when a passing driver hit a cruiser. It’s alleged the driver tried to go around both the police car and the car being pulled from the ditch. Police say their vehicle was hit on the rear driver side corner causing damage to the cruiser and the other car as well. No one was injured but a 30 year old woman from Dawson Creek is now facing careless driving charges.

RCMP advise people to change lanes if possible when approaching, especially if emergency lights are on. Police also say slowing down is “common sense” as other drivers could stop or reduce their speed to view the scene.

Transportation Alberta says that motorists must “reduce speed to 60 km/h or the posted speed, whichever is lower, when passing emergency vehicles or tow trucks that are stopped with their lights flashing.” Fines are doubled if drivers are caught speeding past emergency vehicles.

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